Barrett scores 28, No. 4 Duke outlasts Wake Forest 71-70

Zion Williamson Duke Blue Devils

The Tar Heels took the first game by a score of 88-72.

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski told reporters that Williamson is in the final step of a four-phase recovery process, according to CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein. He left the team's last game vs. Wake Forest early due to a hip issue, but had scored 29 points in Duke's previous two games total.

Duke is 2-1 in full games without him, beating Syracuse and Miami but losing at Virginia Tech. RJ Barrett is averaging 23.3 points and 7.4 rebounds while Zion Williamson is averaging 21.6 points and 2.2 assists. The question is how soon he might be back, with Krzyzewski expressing optimism that he could be back for next week's ACC Tournament in Charlotte.

"When they got the last shot, we were just wishing for it to fall out", Jones said. He had to be helped off the court and straight to the tunnel, and didn't return with what Krzyzewski said afterward was a sprained ligament in his left knee.

Bolden, the former five-star junior center out of Texas, has had some big moments for the Blue Devils this season. "It depends on Zion, his shape, but I think they'll respond real quick".

Duke's regular season ended Saturday night with a 79-70 loss to North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Duke quickly responded with a layup from first-year guard Tre Jones and a jumper by RJ Barrett, who scored 33 points the last time the two teams played on February 20, to tie the game at 8-8 early in the first half.

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As unlikely as it once seemed anyone (much less a freshman) could ever come close to breaking that record - after all, Jason Williams ranks second on the list with 841 points during the 2000-01 national championship season - it's not out of the question the Maple Mamba will get there.

During his freshman campaign in Durham, the 18-year-old has established himself as a top NBA prospect alongside fellow freshman Zion Williamson, who has captivated the basketball world with his combination of size and otherworldly athleticism.

High-Ranking SuccessDuke has played 10 games to date versus AP Top 25 teams.

Freshman point guard Tre Jones also limped to the locker room in the second half after bumping his right knee.

"He'd love to play Saturday, too, if he's ready", Krzyzewski said.

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